Women of Distinction for Humanitarianism winner Nona Mock Wyman will discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage, in San Jose State University King Library, Nov. 8th , 2012.
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South San Francisco, Calif. (Nov. 6th , 2012) Women of Distinction for Humanitarianism winner Nona Mock Wyman will discuss her latest book Bamboo Women: Stories from Ming Quong, a Chinese Orphanage, in San Jose State University King Library, Nov. 8th , 2012.
In 1935, at the age of two, Nona was abandoned at the Ming Quong orphanage in Los Gatos, California. From that first, searing memory of seeing her mother walk out of her life forever, Mock turned grief into strength. Bamboo Women tells twenty-one inspiring stories of coming-of-age from the women of Ming Quong, a home for orphaned Chinese girls in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wyman introduces us to her "sisters" and how their bonds of love and friendship carried them through life, love, loss, career, and family.
The Ming Quong Home, translated to “Radiant Light”, opened in 1915 in Oakland and in 1936 in Los Gatos and served Chinese American girls of all ages. The Home was the first institution of its kind in the United States to admit Chinese children. Ming Quong was part of a network of Presbyterian Mission Homes created in San Francisco in 1874 whose initial purpose was to intervene on behalf of young, Asian, immigrant females who had become vulnerable upon arrival into the United States. Radiant Light chronicles the general history of the home and explores what life was like at Ming Quong in Los Gatos before it became a residential treatment center and home in the late 1950s, and independent of the Presbyterian Church. Ming Quong later merged with the East field Home of Benevolence in San Jose and is known today as EMQ Families.
“Nona Mock Wyman intimately explores the lives of her "sisters" who grew up in the Bay Area's Ming Quong Chinese orphanage—revealing secrets, pain, and the lifetime legacies of friendship that developed among the girls, who for myriad painful reasons came to call the orphanage home. Beautifully and wrenchingly told, Bamboo Women is a courageous look into a little-known world and an affirmation of the human spirit", says Karin Evans, author of The Lost Daughters of China.
About the Author
Nona Mock Wyman is the author of Chopstick Childhood (In a Land of Silver Spoons). She lives in Walnut Creek, California.
Publisher: China Books
Year Published: 6/12/2012
Size 5.5 x 8.5
Author Nona: Mock Wyman
Thursday, November 8, 2012, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
San José State University
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
2nd Floor Rooms 255/257
This event is co-sponsored by Asian American Advisory Committee, Cultural Heritage Center, King Library, San José State University Chinese-American Librarians Association (CALA), and
San José Public Library.
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